Cockburn Gazette - - LIFESTYLE - Tanya MacNaughto­n

THE ex­trav­a­gance of New York City’s Met Gala is part of the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the in­au­gu­ral Audi Art Ball at Art Gallery of WA this Satur­day, May 14.

Or­gan­ised by AGWA Foun­da­tion, Art Ball is a union and cel­e­bra­tion of cre­ative peo­ple in Perth and is an in­sti­ga­tor of ig­nit­ing the gallery space for youth.

Art Ball com­mit­tee mem­ber Paul O’Con­nor said the event was a year in the mak­ing and would break away from the tra­di­tional sit-down din­ner and stage show.

In­stead, it will be an in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ence where guests are en­cour­aged to dis­cover all as­pects of the gallery and maybe see it in a new light.

“Even though it’s aimed at the youth mar­ket, it’s also aimed at a par­tic­u­lar psy­cho­graphic,” O’Con­nor said.

“Those who like to have the op­tion of whether they look at the ex­hi­bi­tions or lis­ten to Sneaky Sound Sys­tem and Kucka, or maybe de­cide to par­tic­i­pate in the life draw­ing class or vir­tual re­al­ity room where they can take a vir­tual tour in­side a Vin­cent van Gogh paint­ing... it’s up to the guests how they take on the night and ex­pe­ri­ence it; we wanted it to be ac­tion- packed like a car­ni­val.”

Other spe­cial per­for­mances will in­clude Teddy Tahu Rhodes courtesy of WA Opera, Perth Sym­phony Orches­tra, DJs and Co3 Con­tem­po­rary Dance Com­pany.

Roller derby girls dressed in Aure­lio Costarella, thanks to O’Con­nor’s long-term work­ing part­ner­ship with the Perth de­signer, will greet guests on ar­rival.

“We’ve cre­ated this mixed bag of ta­lent that all ex­ceed in their own right; mash­ing it all to­gether, mix­ing it up and cre­at­ing some­thing in­ter­est­ing,” O’Con­nor said.

“For some guests the night will just be about the act of dress­ing up.

“We’ve asked ev­ery­one to dress avant-garde; it’s the time to show your own creativity and that might be in fash­ion, it might be with hair or makeup or how you de­cide to ex­press your­self.”

O’Con­nor said the com­mit­tee hoped Art Ball would be an an­nual event.

“I think the more ex­cit­ing you make a city, the vi­brancy of it tran­spires over all as­pects of the city,” he said.

“The whole theme of AGWA is to see things dif­fer­ently and this is one of the ways I’m hop­ing peo­ple will see the gallery dif­fer­ently.”

Tick­ets to the 18+ event at­

Art Ball com­mit­tee mem­bers Har­ri­son Kennedy, Paul O’Con­nor, Poppy Lis­si­man, Sandy Honey, Elle Peter, Grant Capri­otti and Andrea Bux.

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